$4.5 RECIPE / $1.13 SERVING
Fried rice is a take-out favorite since it’s quick, easy, satisfying, tasty, and affordable, which is exactly what I want from a home-cooked meal!
I enjoy preparing vegetable fried rice at home since it’s a quick and easy way to use up scraps from my fridge, and it’s always satisfying. Plus, if I’m in the mood, I can always add some meat or fish!
FRIED RICE: WHAT IS IT?
Fried rice is a Chinese dish made of cooked rice and other items such as meat, seafood, vegetables, and eggs that are stir-fried in a wok and then seasoned with a flavorful sauce.
This recipe is incredibly adaptable and cost-effective, which is why we adore it! The following recipe is an American variation that uses a skillet instead of a wok and ingredients that are readily available in most American supermarkets.
If you’re looking for a traditional Chinese Fried Rice recipe, try Rasa Malaysia’s Chinese Fried Rice, Red House Spice’s Egg Fried Rice, or The Woks of Life’s Classic Chicken Fried Rice.
FOR BEST RESULTS, USE LEFTOVER RICE
Use rice that has been cooked and cooled completely, preferably overnight, to avoid clumpy or gummy fried rice.
Because it can absorb moisture from the sauce and vegetables without getting excessively sticky, the somewhat drier, less starchy rice is ideal for stir-frying.
If you don’t have any leftover rice from the day before, prepare some rice, lay it out thin on a baking sheet or in a broad baking dish to cool faster, then chill until absolutely cool before adding in the stir fry.
DO I REQUIRE A WOK?
Woks are great for stir-frying because their huge surface area allows you to add a lot of ingredients without crowding the pan.
While using a frying pan isn’t as good, we can compensate for the crowding by cooking the components separately and then combining them at the end.
WHAT ELSE CAN I INCLUDE IN MY VEGETABLE STIR FRY?
This is my personal favorite portion. More veggies, meat or shellfish, a different sauce, or even a crunchy garnish can all be added to a simple Vegetable Stir. Here are some more interesting stir-fry ingredients:
- Beansprouts, mushrooms, green beans, corn, broccoli, red chilies, and kimchi are examples of other vegetables.
- Chicken, beef, shrimp, pork, or sausage are examples of meat or seafood.
- Oyster sauce, sriracha, and chili crisp are examples of other sauces.
- Crushed ramen noodles, cashews, peanuts, sesame seeds, and other crunchy toppings.
VEGETABLE FRIED RICE
Servings: about 1.25 cups each
- 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16)
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger ($0.10)
- 1 carrot, diced ($0.16)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced ($1.50)
- 4 green onions, sliced ($0.40)
- 2 large eggs ($0.46)
- 1 cup frozen peas ($0.50)
- 3 Tbsp. cooking oil, divided ($0.12)
- 3 cups cooked and cooled rice ($0.62)
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce ($0.18)
- 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil ($0.30)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING FRIED RICE
- Prepare the vegetables ahead of time so they’re ready when you are. Slice the green onions (separating the green ends from the white ends) and measure the frozen peas.
- In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Over medium heat, heat a large skillet. 2 tbsp frying oil, once hot, swirled to coat the surface Scramble the eggs slowly until they are fully done. Place the cooked eggs on a clean plate or bowl.
- There should still be plenty of oil in the skillet. Increase the heat to medium-high. Cook for about two minutes after adding the diced carrots. After that, add the bell pepper and the green onions’ white hard ends. Cook for another minute, stirring constantly. Finally, mix in the frozen peas and boil until well warm. Place the vegetables on a clean plate or bowl.
- Swirl the remaining 1 tablespoon of cooking oil into the skillet to coat the entire surface. In a skillet, combine the garlic, ginger, and cooked and cooled rice. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes, or until the rice is well heated.
- Over the rice, pour the soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Combine the rice and sauce in a mixing bowl and mix well. Turn off the heat.
- Return the eggs, vegetables, and rice to the skillet and mix to incorporate. Allow the remaining heat to finish heating everything. Finish with the green ends of the remaining cut green onions. Adjust the soy sauce or sesame oil to your preference.
- Serving: 1.25 cups
- Calories: 371 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 44 g
- Protein: 10 g
- Fat: 17 g
- Sodium: 807 mg
- Fiber: 4 g
STEPS OF MAKING FRIED RICE
- Prepare the vegetables before you start cooking because it will go quickly once you get started! 2 garlic cloves, minced, and 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced or grated 1 large carrot and 1 red bell pepper, peeled and diced Measure out one cup of frozen peas and slice four green onions, separating the fragile green top half from the firm lower half.
- 2 big eggs, lightly whisked Over medium heat, heat a large skillet. 2 tbsp. frying oil, once hot, swirl to coat the surface Scramble the eggs in the skillet until they are fully cooked. Transfer the scrambled eggs to a clean plate or bowl.
- After removing the eggs, there should be plenty of oil left in the skillet. Increase the heat to medium-high. Stir fry the diced carrot for about two minutes in the skillet. Add the bell pepper and the hard white ends of the green onion slices next. Stir fry for an additional minute. Finally, whisk in the frozen peas until they are heated through. Transfer the vegetables to a clean plate or bowl.
- Swirl another tablespoon of cooking oil into the skillet to coat the entire surface. In a heated skillet, add the minced garlic, ginger, and three cups of cooked and cooled rice. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don’t worry if some of the rice sinks to the bottom. After the sauce is applied, it will loosen up.
- Toss the rice with 3 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil. Fold the rice and sauce together until the sauce is equally distributed throughout the rice.
- Return the vegetables and eggs to the pan. Turn off the heat and whisk everything together, allowing the residual heat to reheat everything.
- Finish with the green onions’ chopped green ends and you’re done! Taste it and adjust the amount of soy sauce or sesame oil to your liking.
What ingredients do you like to include in your fried rice?